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Aloha Airlines is offering special discount fares to FIRST conference attendees and their company. These fares are good for all inter-island flights and flights from the U.S. west coast. For information on how to take advantage of these discounts, please call (+1) 808-484-1111 or 800-367-5250 and reference the FIR Applicable Fare PF019 for FIRST.Org.Inc.
FIRST has made arrangements with a service that will pick you up at the airport or the hotel for a reduced fee of $30.00. In order to use this service you must make reservations in advance. Please make your reservation with this FAX form or make your reservation on-line.
FIRST has negotiated a special rate with Avis for car rentals. Avis is located at the Kona airport. Please contact your local Avis office or call +1-800-331-1600 and mention AWD number H012943, Rate Code CT, or make your reservation with this FAX form.
FIRST has negotiated a special rate with Budget for car rentals. Rental locations are at the Kona airport and at the Hilton Waikoloa Village hotel. Please see here for rental rate and for reservation information.http://www.gohawaii.com/.
The Island of Hawaii is the largest island in the Hawaiian chain. The Big Island is truly a natural wonder. Visitors will find everything from stony deserts, to tropical forests, to high alpine zones--all on just one island. Visitors have an opportunity to experience 11 of the world's 13 climate zones. The average daytime temperatures in the costal resort areas range from the mid-80s F (29.4C) degrees during the summer months to the mid 70s (26.1C) at other times of the year.
A stunning array of beaches, from black to green to white sands, even a beach where all the sand occasionally disappears can be found on the Big Island. Hapuna Beach is a diamond in the rough of the surrounding lava. Hapuna's white sand has given it a reputation as one of Hawaii's finest beaches. Kolekole Beach Park is no real beach but the scenery at this small park is outstanding. Water flows in abundance as an ocean front waterfall adds to the turmoil where the river meets the sea. Kealakekua Bay State Underwater Park provides opportunities for snorkelers, scuba divers, and glass bottom boaters to observe the marine life in this relatively pristine underwater habitat.
The true diversity and beauty of the island can only be experienced by venturing around it. You will want to take some time to discover some of the many exotic locations that are unique to the Big Island. The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is the Big Island's number one attraction and also an international center for the study of volcanism.
Honokohau Harbor is Kona's main harbor and is arguably the best in Hawaii.Rainbow Falls is a site of rainbows created by the mist of the waterfall. This is located in the Wailuku River State Park, in Hilo. The fertile and green Hamakua coast stretches from near Hilo to Waipio, known as the "Valley of the Kings." Waipio Valley's natural wonders include many waterfalls cascading down over 1,000 foot cliffs.
The environment is friendly. The physical beauty of Hawaii is almost unparalleled. It is a land as diverse as it is large with some of the most unique wonders on earth. Majestic mountains were created millions of years ago by volcanic activity that thrust these islands three miles from the ocean floor. Wave action across time created coral reefs, and then battered and broke them to create miles of white sand beach. The position at the center of the Pacific ensured that almost every plant and animal who would find a home here would come as an invited guest.
You can experience Culture and the Arts on many levels in Hawaii. From native Hawaiian arts and crafts to world-class fine art to contemporary art museums and galleries. From Hawaiian music to intimate jazz clubs to a world class symphony orchestra--from hula to disco to ballet. The Contemporary Museum displays art from 1940s to present in a historic estate. The Volcano Art Center offers theater performances and gallery sales on the Big Island in the context of Kilauea Volcano and its cultural and natural history.